Study Explores New Way To Help LGBTQ Youth Identify Substance Use Disorders
People who identify as LGBTQ may face social stigma, discrimination, harassment, and violence. This can put them at greater risk for substance use disorders. One doctor is looking for a way to help LGBTQ youth avoid or overcome these disorders.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - June 30, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Avoiding Drug Use Can Be a Family Choice
A lot of things can increase the risk that a teen will have a problem with drugs, including  living with a parent who uses drugs. Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - June 22, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

A Teen Scientist Is Helping To Solve Mysterious Drug-Related Deaths
Daphne Liu's work could help doctors learn if a drug overdose was accidental or intentional —so they can help people who have problems with drugs before it’s too late.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - June 15, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Hallucinogens: Just the Facts
Hallucinogens change a person ’s awareness of their surroundings, thoughts, and feelings. These drugs can have other unpredictable effects, too.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - June 8, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Is There a Connection Between Missing Sleep and Using Drugs?
You know it ’s important to get enough sleep. But you might be surprised to learn exactly how important it is.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - June 1, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Myth or Fact? “Marijuana Is Stronger These Days”
Of the more than 500 chemicals in marijuana,  THC is the main one that causes a person to feel high. And THC levels in marijuana have been increasing.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - May 18, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Meet Molly: The Truth About MDMA (Ecstasy or “E”)
You never know what you ’re getting with Molly, but it probably won’t be good.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - May 11, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Easy-to-Use Resources for Learning About Drugs and Addiction
Check out free resources you can use while staying at home or as part of a virtual class.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - May 4, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Drug Use: What ’s the Connection?
It's important to be smart about your health. Take care of your lungs: Avoid smoking or vaping any substance.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - April 27, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

COVID-19 and Drug Use: What ’s the Connection?
It's important to be smart about your health. Take care of your lungs: Avoid smoking or vaping any substance.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - April 27, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

“Safe Station”: A Fire Chief’s Compassionate Response to the Opioid Crisis
A fire chief in New Hampshire is helping people who misuse opioids. His example is inspiring fire departments around the country to do the same.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - April 20, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Does Your Family Know the Risks of Misusing Opioids?
Misusing opioids can have serious health consequences.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - April 13, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

The Latest on Vaping-Related Illness and Deaths
If a person heats vitamin E acetate and inhales it (breathes it in), it may damage their lungs.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - April 6, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week ® Celebrates Its 10th Year
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week ® goes virtual! NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow celebrates 10 years of #NDAFW and shares how you can get involved online.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - March 30, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Marijuana Withdrawal Is Real
Marijuana withdrawal can lead to symptoms like depression, anxiety, irritability, trouble sleeping, and more.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - March 23, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

What Triggers a Relapse? “Cues” Give Clues
By learning more about how drug cues work, scientists might gain insights into how to prevent relapses and help people stay in recovery.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - March 16, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Can Too Much “Screen Time” Change Your Brain?
Scientists are reviewing  brain scans from ABCD Study participants to see how developing brains change over time. Screen time is just one of the things scientists are exploring.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - March 9, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Methamphetamine (Meth): Just the Facts
Methamphetamine (meth) is a stimulant drug that can cause more serious problems than just "meth mouth".  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - March 2, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

A Day in the Life of a Chat Day Question
One day a year, scientists answer thousands of questions —live—from teens around the world for National Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day. Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - February 24, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Opioid Withdrawal in Babies Is Increasing
Approximately every 15 minutes, ababy is born suffering from opioid withdrawal.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - February 18, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Plan Your Activity for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week ®: Hold an “Addiction and Art” Contest!
Art can be a powerful expression of thoughts and feelings around the theme of drugs and addiction. Check out this activity idea for NDAFW.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - February 10, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Is Teen Drug Use Related to Brain Size?
Teens who use nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana have two brain areas that are smaller than average when they become adults.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - February 3, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Three Surprising Risks From Vaping
The more we learn about vaping, the riskier it turns out to be. Dr. Kevin Walton, a scientific expert on vaping, explains the risks.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - January 27, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

TV and Tobacco: A Dangerous Match
It's becoming more common to see characters in TV programs smoking on screen. But what does that mean for teens and tobacco use?  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - January 21, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Can You Get Addicted to Cough and Cold Medicines?
Cough and cold medicines taken as instructed can be safe and effective. But misusing them can have harmful results.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - January 13, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

The Year in Drugs and Health News: 2019 Blog Roundup
Check out all of the addiction science updates that we shared  on the blog in 2019.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - January 6, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Monitoring the Future 2019: The Highs and Lows of Vaping
The annual survey found that teens' use of most drugs continues to decline —with one alarming exception.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - December 18, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Plan Your Activity for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week ®: Take the Drug Facts Challenge!
Take the Drug Facts Challenge and learn the facts about drugs and alcohol.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - December 16, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Anyone Can Become Addicted to Drugs
Addiction is a brain disease. And it can happen to anyone.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - December 9, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

How To Stop Illegal Opioids in International Mail —Some Smart Ideas
Find out what experts are doing to keep illegal opioids out of U.S. mail.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - December 2, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Are You a “Secondhand Smoker”?
Teens who have smoke-free rules in their homes and cars are  much less likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - November 18, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Say What? “Cannabidiol (CBD)”
CBD is typically found in very small amounts in the marijuana plant. It ’s one of over 100 chemicals called cannabinoids. Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - November 12, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

On the Rise: Marijuana Use and Vaping Among Young Adults
In 2018, past-year marijuana use reached an all-time high among young adults. Past-month nicotine vaping more than doubled from 2017 to 2018 among college students.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - November 4, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Drug Screening for Teens —When and Why?
Schools, employers, and doctors may screen teens for possible drug use in certain situations.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - October 28, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Portraits of Heartbreak and Hope: A Mother Paints To Raise Awareness About Opioid Use Disorder
A mother tells her daughter's story, and how it led her to paint portraits of other children lost to addiction.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - October 18, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Vaping-Related Illnesses and Deaths: What We Know So Far
In the past few months, hundreds of people have developed serious lung illnesses after vaping. Some people have died as a result.Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - October 15, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

The Vaping/Marijuana Connection
Teens who vape are a lot more likely to use marijuana than teens who don ’t vape. Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - October 7, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Can Movies Cause Teens to Smoke?
Research shows that young people who see images of people smoking in movies are more likely to smoke.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - September 30, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs

Drug Use: It's in the Water
Chemicals in wastewater can reveal a lot about drug use among large populations.  Read  More » (Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog)
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - September 23, 2019 Category: Addiction Source Type: blogs